Thousands of people every year visit the doctor for minor ailments which could be easily managed at home, and this can cost the system a huge amount of money, as well as taking up appointments for those who really need them.
It is always frustrating when you come to book an appointment with your doctor only to find out that they have no appointments available, but there are other ways you can seek medical advice without making an appointment with a doctor.
One option is to use an Online Dr App if you know that you need to speak to someone but you can’t make an appointment at your local surgery. These apps will usually accept your medical insurance, and even if you don’t have any medical insurance an appointment is usually cheaper than going to your GP.
If your injury or illness is rather serious and you don’t have the time to wait for a doctors appointment,you can call 111 and request some medical advice through the phone. Visit the hospital too if you are able to get there.
Family Planning Clinics
If you are in need of some advice about either contraception or pregnancy, you will likely be able to make an appointment with your local family planning clinic rather than the doctors. They will be able to answer any questions you have and provide advice.
If you have a toothache or some sort of issue in your mouth, you don’t need to see a doctor, you are better off visiting a dentist instead. They will be able to advise you on what you do, provide you with medication and give you a general check up of your oral health. It is better to visit the specialist at this point.
Minor Injuries Unit
If you have either had a fall or another similar injury and think you need an X-ray, get yourself to the Minor Injuries Unit so that they can check you over.
You may not realise it, but a lot of the time if you have a minor symptom or illness, you can visit your local pharmacist and they will be able to give you some advice on what medicines to take depending on your symptoms. Some of the things they can help you with are:
Mild acne or eczema
Coughs and colds
Nasal congestion and sore throats
Cuts and bruises
Allergies and hayfever
Aches and pains
Period pain and thrush
Indigestion and diarrhoea
Warts and verrucas
If you are in need of some help the same day, you can visit a walk-in centre and they will be able to help you with the following:
Cuts and lacerations
Muscle and joint pain
Wound care and dressing
Sprains or strains
If you have a more urgent injury, you will need to visit A&E, and they can help with the following:
Chest pains and laboured breathing
Poisoning or overdose
Foreign bodies such as parasites